A port is a location on a coast or shore containing one or more harbors where ships can dock and transfer people or cargo to or from land. Port locations are selected to optimize access to land and navigable water, for commercial demand, and for shelter from wind and waves. Ports with deeper water are rarer, but can handle larger, more economical ships. Since ports throughout history handled every kind of traffic, support and storage facilities vary widely, may extend for miles, and dominate the local economy. Some ports have an important military role.

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  1. A place on the coast at which ships can shelter, or dock to load and unload cargo or passengers.
  2. A town or city containing such a place.
  3. The left-hand side of a vessel, including aircraft, when one is facing the front. Port does not change based on the orientation of the person aboard the craft.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. An entryway or gate.
    Him I accuse/The city ports by this hath enter'd — , '''' (1623),
    And from their ivory port the Cherubim,/Forth issuing at the accustomed hour, — , '''' (1667),
  2. An opening or doorway in the side of a ship, especially for boarding or loading; an embrasure through which a cannon may be discharged; a porthole.
    ...her ports being within sixteen inches of the water...
  3. A space between two stones wide enough for a delivered stone or bowl to pass through.
  4. An opening where a connection (such as a pipe) is made.
  5. A logical or physical construct in and from which data are transferred.
  6. A female connector of an electronic device, into which a cable's male connector can be inserted.

Noun (etymology 3)

  1. Something used to carry a thing, especially a frame for wicks in candle-making.
  2. The manner in which a person carries himself; bearing; deportment; carriage. See also .
  3. The position of a weapon when ported; a rifle position executed by throwing the weapon diagonally across the front of the body, with the right hand grasping the small of the stock and the barrel sloping upward and crossing the point of the left shoulder.
  4. A program that has been adapted, modified, or recoded so that it works on a different platform from the one for which it was created; the act of this adapting.
    Gamers can't wait until a port of the title is released on the new system.
    The latest port of the database software is the worst since we made the changeover.
  5. A set of files used to build and install a binary executable file from the source code of an application.

Noun (etymology 4)

  1. A type of very sweet fortified wine, mostly dark red, traditionally made in Portugal.

Noun (etymology 5)

  1. A schoolbag or suitcase.


  1. To turn or put to the left or larboard side of a ship; said of the helm.
    Port your helm!

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To carry, bear, or transport. See .
    They are easily ported by boat into other shires. — , The History of the Worthies of England
  2. To hold or carry (a weapon) with both hands so that it lays diagonally across the front of the body, with the barrel or similar part near the left shoulder and the right hand grasping the small of the stock; or, to throw (the weapon) into this position on command.
    Port arms!
    ...the angelic squadron...began to hem him round with ported spears. — , '''' (1667),
  3. To adapt, modify, or create a new version of, a program so that it works on a different platform.
  4. To carry or transfer an existing telephone number from one telephone service provider to another.


  1. Of or relating to port, the left-hand side of a vessel.
    on the port side

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